Death's Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel
K.W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones
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Death's Apprentice: A Grimm City Novel
K.W. Jeter and Gareth Jefferson Jones
Thomas Dunne Books
304 pages
October 2012
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Grimm City is no place you'd ever want to visit but within these authors' imaginings. It is Sin City in the very worst way, where demons, ghosts and other nasty things that go bump in the night reside and hang out. A scary place indeed, and one that will frighten the screams out of you.

Jeter and Jones take the works of the Brothers Grimm and reshape and mold them into a very scary first book in the Grimm City series. Snow White and Little Red Riding Hood are revisited in terrifying reinterpretations; it's as if Jeter and Jones have created a modern-day dark tale but built upon classic elements. Combine drugs and sex and violence with punkishly noir devices, and you have some idea of what you're in store for here. To make it clearer, here is a paragraph from the first chapter where Nathaniel, death's 17-year-old apprentice, is in a club.

"Nathaniel didn't feel like messing around with the guy. Or the girl, or anybody else. he had work to do. He closed his eyes and drew the club's smoke-laden air deep inside himself. He didn't let it out. Instead, a little room opened at the center of his skull, a space he had been in before, and that he had come to dread. But that was part of the job as well. Dark things were in there, and he let them slip out, silent and fatal."
Readers are up close and personal with the impending violence. The writing is brief and taut, ready to explode--everything you want in a terror novel. You'll love every scream-filled mile of this dark and dangerous ride.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Steven Rosen, 2013

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